The Gateway program is intended to help survivors of abuse and trauma get ready to join/rejoin the workforce. This program includes a practicum, plenty of support and training to help students get an entry level position in all different sectors.

Our Gateway Program provides community-based training to assist survivors of violence, abuse or trauma. The program includes employability skills training, short term occupational certification, placement assistance, and work experience for long-term self-sufficiency.

Our Gateway program pairs our client training with need based financial supports. These supports assist our clients in developing positive strategies to deal with cyclical employment situations. Supports could include tuition, living expenses, wage subsidies or any other supports directly related to client employment goals.

This program does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such PTIB did not review this program.

Program DescriptionThe “Gateway” Program provides participants with the essential skills needed for today’s workplace.  The program is designed to teach the nine essential skills as defined by Service Canada and viewed from the employer’s point of view.
Certifications“Gateway” Certificate (CVTC), up to five Short Term Occupational Certifications*
Learning ObjectivesBy the end of the program the participant should be able to work in any type of business operation including hospitality, retail, labour, and office settings based on previous experience and/or employment history.
Eligibility CriteriaMust be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person legally entitled to work in Canada, living in British Columbia, not a full time student, and have suffered from trauma, violence or abuse in the past. 
Program HoursClasses are scheduled for a mandatory five hours per day, five days a week.  Class time is scheduled from 9:00 – 2:30 daily with additional lab time after class.  It is highly recommended that all participants plan to spend a minimum of six hours a day at the Centre.
SupportsDependent upon need, supports could include attendance support, living support, re-location assistance, wage subsidies, scholarships, completion rewards, travel or other supports needed to complete the program.  As this is an employment program many of the supports are based on an individual’s need, once the participant is employed or furthering their education.
EvaluationParticipants will be evaluated through participation, attendance, and attitude throughout the program as well as securing employment or further training upon completion of the program.
PracticumAs part of the Gateway Program participants are required to complete a two week work experience.  CVTC will work with employer partners to identify possible training place hosts for participants based on previous work experience and suitability.  The practicum is not a part of the 10 week classroom program but is required after completion of the classroom training.

Program Outline

Note: The order in which you take your courses may NOT be the same as listed below.

Course #Course NameHoursCourse #Course NameHours
JS-121Strategies for Success25OS-302Business Math25
CS-107Digital Technology (MS Word)50JS-136Employment Development Strategies50
GW-204Workplace Interaction50WEWork Experience80
GW-205Workplace Productivity50Total Hours
Course Duration – Weeks

Educate, Empower, Employ

Educating individuals using up-to-date curriculum, Empowering them to take control of their future and become Employed in a career of their choice